Life Sciences

Principles of Neuroscience

Module code: C1016
Level 5
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Tutorial
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Coursework

Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system from its structure, molecular and cellular biology and function through to the consequences of its operation, namely behaviour. The aim of this module is to provide you with your first real insight into the detailed workings of the brain and its development through consideration of the fundamental principles of nervous system operation. The module is also an important grounding for those wishing to take its sister module, Neural Circuits.

Topics covered include:

  • Signalling and transmission by nerves and synapses
  • Neurotransmission and neuromodulation
  • Plasticity in the nervous system
  • Cellular and molecular basis of learning and memory
  • Fundamental disease mechanisms
  • Development of the nervous system
  • The role of early experience in the development of the visual system
  • Methodological approaches to studying fundamental brain processes.

Module learning outcomes

  • Knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of brain function such as: cellular, molecular and biophysical processes of signalling within and between neurons, fundamental principles of nervous system development and plasticity, key mechanisms of disease-related neuronal dysfunction and methodological approaches used to study these topics.
  • Develop skills to initiate and undertake critical analysis of information from classical and contemporary neuroscience, including problem-solving.